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Chili Bowl is Studio Arts Boulder's annual street party.
Chili Bowl celebrates community, the studio arts,
great food, music, drinks, and our neighborhood!


Chili Bowl 2018 will include...
 

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THE CHILI COOK-OFF

Each year, restaurants throw down in the annual chili cook-off, competing for the title of Best Chili.

Purchase a souvenir ceramic chili bowl for $20 and get five tastings of chili. Additional samples are $1 each. Taste them all. Then cast your vote to pick who goes home with the title!

This year's participating restaurants include the chefs from Mateo, Bramble & Hare, Dagabi Cucina, The Academy, Oskar Blues' Cyclhops, Foolish Craig's, The Sink, and the reigning champions West End Tavern.

 
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LIVE MUSIC

Get your groove on in front of the Chili Bowl stage as local musicians get down with family friendly music all afternoon.

This year we'll have performances from Amy Heywood, The Winstons, Five51, The Great Salmon Famine, And Paul Kimbiris. 

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BEER & OTHER TASTY TREATS

Make sure to save room after your chili tastings!

We will also have food and drinks from Innisfree Cafe, water provided by Eldorado Springs, gourmet popsicles from Big Top Pops, and refreshing beer from Left Hand Brewery.

 
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ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS & ART SALES

Chili Bowl showcases local studio art organizations each year. Watch professional demonstrations, ask questions, and purchase artwork from artists at each of our studio art partner booths.

This year, we'll have clay demonstrations from Rocky Mountain Clay, print-making demonstrations from Roberta & Renate, staff demonstrations from Studio Arts Boulder, and more.

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HANDS-ON ART-MAKING

Kids and adults are invited to get your hands dirty!

This year's art activities will include: Studio Arts Boulder's hand-building & wheel-throwing stations, art fun from The Dairy Arts Center and Open Studios, fiber arts from StoryTeller Wool, and woodcarving and print-making with Roberta and Renate.

 
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FALL POTTERY SALE

Our largest annual Pottery Sale takes Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm.

Stop by to see our amazing selection of handcrafted pottery made by Studio Arts Boulder students, staff, and board members.

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oTHER FUN ACTIVITIES

In addition to the art-making activities and dancing, we will also have face painting, stilt walkers, a photo booth from Shutter Bus, break dancing from Block 1750, the return of POT SMASH, and more!

 
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All proceeds from Chili Bowl benefit Studio Arts Boulder's outreach initiatives. These include our weekly class with Youth Services Initiative, which serves youth living in low-income housing, our Friday Afternoon Class serving adults with mild-traumatic brain injuries, our partnership program with Attention Homes for homeless youth and youth in crisis, our programs with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation for youth at risk of dropping out, and our partnership with the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence serving survivors of domestic abuse. Read more about these programs here: Outreach.

 

 
 
 

Thank you for a great Chili Bowl 2017!


Awards
Best Overall Chili: West End Tavern
People's Choice: Dagabi Cucina

 

In case you missed it, here is the Daily Camera article, published before the event:
Chili Peppers & Pottery

 

Highlights from Chili Bowl 2017

Photographs courtesy of Adam & Finn Palazzari and Michael McCrea

 
 

The Line Up at Chili Bowl 2017

The Art-Making Activities

Clay hand-building
Wheel-throwing
Printmaking
Paper crafts
Jewelry-making and beads

And more...

The ShutterBus  - the original vintage ShutterBus photo booth

Break dancing from Block 1750

Pot smashing game


Preparations for Chili Bowl 2017

The Throw-a-Thon -- We did it!
544 chili tasting bowls and 114 beer steins!

Students, staff, friends, and family all came together in May for a marathon wheel-throwing party (aka "throw-a-thon"). Our challenge was to make 500 chili bowls and 100 beer steins. We met our goal again and had a ton of fun doing it! The Daily Camera even stopped by to mark the occasion- you can see their photos HERE.

 
 

 

Chili Bowl 2016

Over 1,000 people attended our first-ever street party!
Check out the fun we had in 2016 HERE.